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Watch Elephants Rescue Their Baby From a Pool
Even though the baby could swim, the panicked family rushed to save it.
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Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them
Trailblazing Samburu communities in northern Kenya have come together to save Elephants
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6 Tips for Better Wildlife Encounters
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Wounded Elephant Crushes, Kills Trophy Hunter
The deadly incident highlights how dangerous elephants can be when threatened and casts further scrutiny on the practice of trophy hunting.
About Elephants

There are two types of elephants; African and Asian. Although they look similar they actually have a lot less in common than it may seem. African elephants have larger ears, more wrinkly skin and are larger overall than Asian elephants.

Elephants are social animals. The females tend to live in groups of 10 with other female relatives and their calves. The eldest female in the group is considered the leader until death. Elephants are usually found near a large water source since they use their trucks to drink up to 40 litres of water per day.

All elephants are herbivores. Some are grazers, eating mainly grass and bushes while others are browsers, using their trunks to reach up into trees for food. These animals are known as a keystone species because they are so large and have a considerable effect on the environment and ecosystem.

Elephants are frequently hunted for their tusk ivory. The illegal ivory trade has been in action for hundreds of years and still exists today.

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